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Blood-pressure woes soar

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WASHINGTON A re cord number of Americans have high blood pressure and the number has jumped by 30 percent over the last decade, researchers reported yesterday.

The usual suspects are to blame aging, obesity, a lack of exercise and too much junk food, the federal government team found. At least 65 million Americans have hypertension, defined as blood pressure of 140/90 or more. Researchers found the number of adults with high blood pressure increased by 30 percent from 1988 to 2000. Reuters

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